Government Street
Government Street
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Busy street lined with some of Victoria's biggest tourist attractions.
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,353 contributions
Oct 2021
The picture associated with the attraction is NOT the right picture. Government Street is a street than runs through Victoria on which The Empress (pictured) does sit. However, this attraction is specific to the section of Government Street just past the Victoria Visitor Center up to Chinatown. I don't know if it's because of COVID or not, but it is for pedestrians only through much of this area. It's chock full of shops, bars, restaurants, outdoor dining patios, and if you take the time to look past the stores, wonderful old buildings with beautiful architecture and history. Luckily, there are many plaques along the way stating the history of that specific building or spot. There are also art displays along the way. It's a lot of fun.
Written October 23, 2021
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Elizabeth B
6 contributions
Jul 2022
Well run and organized. If you have all your documents and ArriveCan in order if a US citizen the process goes very quickly. We booked a round trip package with a room the night before departure at the 7Cedars Casino. The 7Cedars was a very nice hotel. The food is pretty good there as well. We would stay there again as the rooms are very nice, clean, and quiet.
Written August 4, 2022
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Michael M
Vancouver, Canada2,688 contributions
Dec 2019
On Christmas Evening my wife and I took a long stroll along Government Street to be dazzled by the various sights and scenery at the very wonderful time of the year.. from Trounce Alley to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia structure the walk was very invigorating.. past the Empress Hotel and the beautiful Inner Harbour of Victoria... At night on Christmas Day was very special for us
Written January 4, 2020
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OakBayEats
426811434 contributions
Jul 2020
Victoria is a beautiful city that has become unrecognizable with dirty streets that smell of urine . Government Street and the inner harbour used to be a fantastic place to wander and walk. Now the downtown and parks have been taken over by homeless addicts , drunks and panhandlers. The pandemic has made things worse. Many shops and restaurants have closed and some are bravely trying to stay open.
It is very sad.I would recommend reading letters to the editor in the local Times Colonist newspaper to keep up with the issues.
Written August 19, 2020
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Missit
Phoenix, AZ12 contributions
Aug 2022
We stayed at the Empress so we simply walked out the door and chose to turn left or right that day. There was always something to do, see, eat and enjoy. The first thing we noticed was how clean the city is. No trash or liter and very well kept.
Written August 25, 2022
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fred_cameron
Comox, Canada590 contributions
Mar 2020
We visit Victoria a few times every year. We always make a point of wandering along Government Street. Our favour stops are Munro's Books, Murchie's Coffee, and Roger's Chocolates. And there is lots more.
Written March 6, 2020
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kazuakim2015
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan257 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
This is the light ascending road from Fairmont Empress Hotel in front of inner harbor. There are a lot of famous shops like Rogers' Chocolate, Murchies Tea, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and so on and forth at both side of this road. I got some souvenirs at Rogers', and walked around here with having Rocky Mtn's chocolate apple, and then and got enjoyed afternoon tea at Murchies tea lounge. Finally I returned back to inner harbor. This might be the golden route to enjoying Victoria here.
Written February 28, 2020
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taggsbc
Sidney, Canada54 contributions
If you start your stroll up Government St. at the south end, be sure to check out the inner harbour. If it is summer, there are street performers (buskers) down the lower walkway across from the Empress Hotel.

Moving up Government St. there are some unique shops as well as the souvenier shops and coffee shops you would expect. A couple of landmarks to be sure to visit are Rogers Chocolates and Munro's Books as these shops are beautiful character buildings. Tea at Murchies is also good, and I can recommend the current scones with homemade jam and devon cream.

If you walk far enough up Government St. you will eventually come to the gates of Chinatown. This is at Fisgard St. so you will want to turn left and go through the gates to historic Chinatown and enjoy the sights and sounds of this small area of Victoria. . As you make your way to Store Street look for Fan Tan Alley, which is the smallest street with retail stores. You can almost touch the buildings on each side of the street. Once you get to Store St., turn left. Passing Market Square, follow Store Street. to Wharf Street. Continue on Wharf Street towards the Parliament Buildings, passing on the way the century old buildings of Bastion Square. If you like, you can go up the stairs in the open courtyard of Bastion Square, which will take you back to Government St. or you could continue along Warf St. and it will eventually lead you back to Government St. near the Empress Hotel.

This whole walk may take 50 - 80 minutes, depending on the pace and stops you decide on.

There are many shops that are unique which you won't find in the normal shopping malls. The historic buildings are great and because of the height restrictions, you don't get the winds found in most downtown cities.

I live 20 minutes outside of this downtown, and in the summer, this is one of the best things that I have found I never tire of doing.
Written March 16, 2008
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YYZ T
Toronto, Canada101 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
I'm not the visitor that subscribe to trinket shopping. It's a trap of mostly gaudy trinkets not worth the exorbitant rip off prices for the cheap items that are made in China.
There are some "Native" look alike items. I recommend you be careful as some are imitations and not really made by Native folks.
This area is a typical tourist area that runs from Chinatown to the waterfront. It's a nice area for strolling, and relaxing on the benches or having an ice cream or other sweet treats.
Watch out for the seagulls flying over head as they don't discriminate when they fly by with the big plops of pooh coming down like bombs!
Written July 28, 2017
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phoodee
Victoria, Canada113 contributions
Mar 2014 • Business
Government Street (between the Empress and Yates) is a tacky eysore marked with overpriced touristy junk merchants. The ubiquitous "Victoria Canada" t-shirts mass-produced, accompanied by little bottles of maple syrup and stuffed bears. Skip this tiresome vanilla two block insult to retail, and instead visit the charming shops of "LoJo" and down through Bastion Square. Chinatown offers more culture and unique fare, as does the antique zone of upper Fort. The lower section of Yates also has improved dramatically with unique boutiqe style shops far exceeding the tourist traps on Government. Don't follow the cruise ship lemmings and instead explore a few blocks North. You won't regret it.
Written March 25, 2014
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